POURING IN AND POURING OUT
“That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us”
2 Timothy 1:14).
“The Holy Spirit that dwells in us” (2 Timothy 1:14). “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). What exciting truth. How can we live subnormal lives when the Holy Spirit, who is God, lives within us? How can we be an ordinary wife and mother when the Holy Spirit lives in us to mold us into the image of Christ?
Let’s remind ourselves of some of the things the Holy Spirit does within us.
HE POURS OUT LOVE IN US AND THROUGH US
Romans 5:5 (AMP): “Such hope (in God’s promises) never disappoints us, because God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Why does the Holy Spirit pour God’s love into our hearts? So we can pour it out to others. It’s never only for ourselves, but for others too. This is how God’s love is shed abroad. It literally means “to gush out, run out greedily, spill over.” This is not talking about a trickle, but a fountain.
You cannot be status quo when the Holy Spirit dwells in you. Most people think it would be just “too much” to gush out love on everyone. But that’s what the Holy Spirit in us wants to do. I confess I am far from being the vessel He wants me to be, but I pray that more and more His life will be poured out in me and through me.
HE POURS OUT JOY IN US AND THROUGH US
1 Thessalonians 1:6, 7: “And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: So that ye were examples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.”
The Holy Spirit within us is joy. It is divine joy that is not dependent on circumstances. It’s not happiness we feel because everything is going great. The Thessalonians were filled with the joy of the Holy Ghost in the midst of much affliction!
Acts 13:50-52 tells us how the Jews “raised up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their costs.” Did they become discouraged? No. “They “were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.” Read also Matthew 5:12; Acts 5:40-42; James 1:2; and 1 Peter 4:12-14.
1 Peter 4:14: “If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, HAPPY are ye, for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you.”
Perhaps you have lost the joy in your marriage. Maybe you are “under” instead of “on top” in the nurturing and raising of your children. Don’t despair. No matter what you face at this very moment, the Holy Spirit continues to fill you with joy. His joy is not changed by what is going on around you. It never changes. Embrace the joy of the Holy Spirit that is in you.
And remember, “The joy of the LORD is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).
HE POURS OUT HOPE IN US AND THROUGH US
Romans 15;13: “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
Hope means that we believe God is going to do good things. We are filled with expectation. How can we have this kind of abounding hope? Only through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Because He pours hope into our hearts, He wants us to give hope to those around us. Our natural mind often believes the worst. We are filled with apprehension and dread. But the Holy Spirit of God does not operate in the natural. He is filled with expectation. Because He fills us with hope, we can bring hope, joy, and expectation to others.
Is your home filled with and hope and expectation?
“Thank you, dear Jesus, for sending the Holy Spirit to live in my heart. In my flesh I don’t always feel loving. I don’t always feel joyful. I don’t always feel hopeful. But I thank you that I no longer live according to my flesh and feelings I live by the power of the Holy
Spirit that dwells in me. Help me to yield more and more to the Holy Spirit rather than my flesh. Amen.”
Because the Holy Spirit of God dwells within me, I am lifted from the natural to a higher plane. I have supernatural love, joy, and peace abounding in me. Hallelujah!